DHS warns of deceptive day cares; works to stop unlicensed facilities

Posted at 10:23 PM, Jun 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-06 23:52:50-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Officials with the state Department of Human Services are warning parents about deceptive day cares.

Tennessee requires providers who care for more than four unrelated children at a time for three hours or more a day to be licensed through the state.

That means going through a background check and passing educational requirements.

However, websites like leave it up to parents to figure out whether or not their provider is licensed -- and often, providers lie on those sites.

DHS and other agencies announced they're teaming up with to confront the issue head-on, and stop unlicensed child care facilities.

Tennessee has more than 4,000 regulated child care agencies. Parents are encouraged to log on to the DHS website to find a licensed child care agency near them.